Packers hire Brian Gutekunst as general manager

Lawrence Cooper
January 8, 2018

Gutekunst would replace Ted Thompson, who is transitioning to a senior advisory role in the front office.

Gutekunst played football at UW-La Crosse for two years, then became an assistant coach for the team after a shoulder injury cut his college career short. He spent his first 13 years with the Packers as a regional college scout and from 2012-2015 he served as the director of college scouting.

The #Packers are swinging big on their GM search. In previous off seasons Gutekunst has also interviews for management positions in San Francisco and Buffalo. The Packers had interest in Seahawks general manager John Schneider, a Green Bay native, but the team's request to interview Schneider was denied.

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Gutekunst will be entering his 20th season with the Packers. A promotion from within isn't surprising for Green Bay, but the team may have been interested in an outside hire before making the promotion.

The Packers had to tread through some drama.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle first reported the news, noting that Gutekunst came to Houston over the weekend to interview for that vacant job - Rick Smith stepped away for personal reasons - but declined the Houston gig in order to take Green Bay's job. The other two were vice president of football administration Russ Ball and director of football operations Eliot Wolf.

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